We're very excited to be stocking Dowdings Cider. Dowding's is run by Oliver and Jane. They have a beautiful location and you can see King Arthur's Tower in Bruton from the orchards, as well as having the River Brue running through. Oliver was born into the farming family where they are based and manages the farm under organic standards. The ciders ae not labelled organic, though effectively they are.
We stock their Tower Brue Dry and Tower Brue Medium, and both are gently sparkling ciders packed full of apple flavour. Made from a blend using Yarlington Mill, Sweet Coppin, Dabinett, Harry Masters Jersey, Browns together with various others and some Bramleys or other cooking apples. All the apples are hand picked from both Dowding's orchards as well as surplus local apples. Great care is taken to ensure none of the apples used are sprayed or fertilised. And both ciders were awarded Gold at Taste of the West 2022.
We also stock their Somerset Breakfast Cider, which is something quite different. Made from a blend of apples, with a high proportion of eating apples in there. The juice is allowed to start to naturally ferment but only a little before pasteurisation in order to halt the process. After pasteurisation the juice retains a trace of alcohol, and in reality much less than the under 1.2% on the label. And it is great with breakfast, or just simply as a low alcohol alternative to cider.